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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 12, 2013 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead 1984 - A Year In Review (Update for those who care)

I have been doing some 84 listening myself . Boy, is it up and down, but I am surprised how much of this stuff from the "junky Jerry" period I like . I think along with Garcia being a little "broken" in this period, there is still more of that Grateful Dad soulfulness here (maybe the rough edges help ?) than later .
Post coma, they get tighter, more "pro", but ... maybe it is just where I am right now , but this era fits better for me .
I first saw them in 76, and so the late Keith era is sort of my "this is what they are supposed to sound like " period . The mid 80's did seem a bit of a let down, at the time, but going back with the kind of digging you are doing, there are some very fine rewards .
Great list ! I too am going to go back a check out your "finds" .
Thanks . Keep us posted .

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Poster: H82 Date: Jun 14, 2013 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead 1984 - A Year In Review (Update for those who care)

The Alpine 07/84 shows are really something: 07/07 is strong on the heels of a strong 07/06 shows. 07/07 Second set rips: China Doll- Jerry solo is stunning. The chord progression in China Doll is unique and Jerry just powers through, up really high on the fretboard. Crowd is seemingly stunneed at the end of the solo. Hell with all the '84 naysayers - I'll take '84 over most every '93 show!

http://archive.org/details/gd84-07-07.ziemba.connor.4861.sbeok.shnf

07-06
http://archive.org/details/gd1984-07-06.nak300.carpenter.andrewf.86943.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 14, 2013 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead 1984 - A Year In Review (Update for those who care)

As much as I am enjoying this project, I'd have to say that choosing 84 over 93 is like choosing the hooker with the less virulent case of the clap.

The greybeards here will recognize my previous use of this comparative analogy.....